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The “Money Culture” in Academic Biomedical Research

The “Money Culture” in Academic Biomedical Research

The focus on financial gain and return on investment has completley permeated the academic scientific paradigm.  Many large grants require a section on IP and a business plan for commercialization of the project.  The concept of basic science for the sake of science is being driven out of academics.  We are loosing the nature of serendipty that is so important to the progression of science.  Academic researchers have less and less time to actually perform research and instead move from grant-to-grant. As we loose the culture of academic research, we are loosing our next scientific breakthrough, our next paradigm shift, our next cure for cancer. In order for science to flourish, scientists need the freedom to pursue their research and to have time to think about their work.